Gravel Drives – what we do
An important part of any drive is the depth it is dug out, and the depth and the quality of the road stone (or hardcore) used. Our road stone is guaranteed and frost proof. It does not contain crushed brick or glass.
Our gravel drives are dug out at least 7″. We bring in 5″ of MOT Type I road stone, which when compacted reduces to 4″. Next we supply and lay terram, a geo-textile membrane. This is a weed deterrent and helps stabilize the ground.
We can supply a variety of edgings of block pavers to make a solid frame to a gravel drive. The other most important part of any drive is to ensure that all edgings and the edge blocks (the framework) are secured with concrete to prevent any lateral movement. It is just like a jigsaw. A jigsaw is very strong when all the edge pieces are in place, but becomes very unstable as soon as you remove a few edge pieces.
There are a variety of gravels available from shingles to granites, in many colours; terracotta and Welsh Green being just two of them.
We also use gravel filled plastic cells which give the look of a gravel drive while keeping the gravel firmly in place within the cells. This is a good option when vehicles are turning tightly on a drive, or if the drive is on a slight slope.
The following are photos of drives using different gravel and different ways of edging. More photos can be viewed in GALLERY.